Today's News

  • Rogers predicts difficulty in seating jury



    Publicity has been plentiful throughout the murder cases against brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    The impact that might have on jury selection for Rocky’s upcoming trial was discussed during a hearing in Roane County Criminal Court last Thursday.

    “I think it’s going to be very difficult to get a jury, but we’re going to try to do that,” defense attorney Randy Rogers said.

  • Funding changes could be hard on Roane



    The school system continues to sound the alarm about state funding.

    Earlier this year, Roane County Schools business manager Eric Harbin told board members that the funding formula the state used to allocate money to school systems resulted in less state money for Roane County.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the future points to more of the same.

    “We expect to get hit again next year,” McGriff told board members last week.

  • Time 'of essence' in Pinnacle Pointe dispute



    A potential resolution of a quarter-million-dollar dispute between Harriman and the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center is waiting on more information.

    Councilman Mark Powers expressed curiosity about where the issue stood at a recent city council workshop.

    A special audit by the state into allegations of wrongdoing showed Prestige owed the city roughly $250,000 for excavation work the city did on the Pinnacle Pointe development on Hwy. 70.

  • Lady Raiders believe in aggressive game

    Roane State women’s basketball coach Monica Boles talks fast about playing fast.

    As she explains her coaching philosophy, her voice picks up steam. By the time she’s finished explaining how she wants her team to score on fast breaks and play aggressive defense, her intensity is obvious.

    “I want our kids to play hard,” said Boles, who is in her first season as head coach. “Defensively, I like to make the opposing offense work. I like our defense to be so tenacious, the other team’s offense struggles to get into a rhythm.”

  • Robinson closing in on 5,000 yards



    Midway’s Ray Robinson has a simple philosophy and that’s to play as hard as possible.

  • Raiders a blend of experience, talent

    Roane State men’s basketball coach Randy Nesbit says his team can play like UNLV (the run-’n’-gun, circa 1991) or execute like Princeton (precision half-court offense, circa 1954).

    “We’ve got a nice blend of experience and talent,” Nesbit said. “We’re very multidimensional, and we can score in a lot of different ways.”

  • Sunbright soaks Eagles


    Morgan County News

    SUNBRIGHT - For nearly 34 minutes, Oakdale and Sunbright were involved in an old-fashioned smashmouth football game. With the Tigers clinging to a slim 14-12 lead in a steady rain late in the third quarter, they erupted for 30 points in the next ten minutes to pull away for a 44-18 homecoming victory Friday night.

    Sunbright earned their sixth straight win over the Eagles and kept their playoff chances alive in the process in the 26-point win at home.

  • Armes boots game-winning kick to lift Coalfield to 17-14 victory against Harriman


    Roane Newspapers

    COALFIELD - Improbable. Unlikely. Unexpected. These are just a few words that describe the Coalfield Yellow Jackets rallying from a 14-0 deficit at one point to score seventeen unanswered points for a thrilling come-from-behind 17-14 win over the Harriman Blue Devils.

    Coalfield senior Ryan Armes booted through a 20-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Jackets to the 17-14 win over Harriman on Rochelle Field.

  • Playoff possibilities abound


    Roane Newspapers

    Well let’s see, Midway and Kingston are in the playoffs, Rockwood is in with a win, Harriman must win and get some help from Sunbright, while Oliver Springs is out.

    That’s what things look like for Roane County’s five football teams heading into the final week of the regular season.

  • RSCC eyes economic 'field of dreams'



    With a nod to the if-you-build-it-they-will-come school of thought, Roane State Community College is making a fundraising effort to substantially improve its ballfields to draw tournament play.

    And that could be good for the Roane County economy.

    Improvements could give the college a chance to host the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association Region VII tournament. It could also be used for recreational play and tournaments.